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Foreword by management

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New Energy Coalition creates unity, cohesion and strength to work on sustainable energy. In a short time, this has already led to many great projects and results. A good foundation has been laid.

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Collaboration is essential to achieve green growth and recovery in the years ahead. As a unique coalition of companies, knowledge institutions and governments, we are happy to contribute to this.

 

 

Max van den Berg - Chairman of the Supervisory Board

New Energy Coalition

Setting matters in motion is what we do. Every day. Together with our ever-growing coalition of partners. In the preceding period, we mapped out our route. Just as for the entire energy transition, there is no straight road to the finish line. It is a combination of trial and error, side roads, detours and short cuts. Nevertheless, we have achieved impressive milestones and this is just the beginning! Take a look back with us. And after that: move ahead towards the future. Together.

Take a look at our milestones

Innovation

The launch of New Energy Coalition in 2019 laid the foundation for an integrated research and innovation approach. The joining of forces has resulted in greater focus, better knowledge exchange, greater involvement of science in societal (innovation) issues and greater involvement of companies, authorities and societal partners in research. 

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Research

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Business Development

Education

The energy transition not only requires the right knowledge, but also plenty of good professionals. New Energy Coalition provides a wide range of educational opportunities, from lectures and master classes to in-company training. The Energy Academy caters to students at intermediate vocational, higher vocational and university level. The Business School enables professionals to broaden their knowledge and business skills. New Energy Coalition offers lifelong learning opportunities by means of an interdisciplinary approach and education at various levels. Enthusiasm for educational opportunities in the field of energy has grown recently, applications for both the Energy Academy and the Business School have increased and New Energy Coalition has been able to contribute to the development of an appropriate and up-to-date educational portfolio.

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The following parties formed part of New Energy Coalition in 2018 - 2020

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In a nutshell

New Energy Coalition in a nutshell

A timeline of some of New Energy Coalition’s notable milestones. 

July 2017

Formation of New Energy Coalition

February 2018

Business School launches hydrogen programme

May 2018

New Energy Coalition joins the Hydrogen Coalition

December 2018

Legal merger of New Energy Coalition complete

May 2019

Follow Energy Career Event

July 2019

Grants awarded to PoCITYf

September 2019

Start of research meetings 

April 2020

Marieke Abbink new director of New Energy Coalition 

May 2020

Certification for Cluster Management Excellence 

September 2020

Kop van Noord-Holland regional deal 

November 2020

Construction starts on InVesta 

January 2018

Administrative merger of New Energy Coalition complete 

April 2018

Kick off ‘Follow Energy’ marketingcampaign Energy Academy in collaboration with Hanze UAS & University of Groningen

November 2018

Grants awarded to Making City project

January 2019

Knights of the Future: energy edition

June 2019

Launch of Business School online learning platform 

October 2019

Northern Netherlands Climate Summit

March 2020

Business School launches webinar series

May 2020

Construction of GZI Next Emmen solar farm commences 

September 2020

Launch of Executive MBA in Energy Transition in  collaboration with the University of Groningen Business School

October 2020

Launch of Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC)

July 2017

Formation of New Energy Coalition

January 2018

Administrative merger of New Energy Coalition complete 

February 2018

Business School launches hydrogen programme

April 2018

Kick off ‘Follow Energy’ marketingcampaign Energy Academy in collaboration with Hanze UAS & University of Groningen

May 2018

New Energy Coalition joins the Hydrogen Coalition

November 2018

Grants awarded to Making City project

December 2018

Legal merger of New Energy Coalition complete

January 2019

Knights of the Future: energy edition

May 2019

Follow Energy Career Event

June 2019

Launch of Business School online learning platform 

July 2019

Grants awarded to PoCITYf

September 2019

Start of research meetings 

October 2019

Northern Netherlands Climate Summit

March 2020

Business School launches webinar series

April 2020

Marieke Abbink new director of New Energy Coalition 

May 2020

Construction of GZI Next Emmen solar farm commences 

May 2020

Certification for Cluster Management Excellence 

September 2020

Launch of Executive MBA in Energy Transition in  collaboration with the University of Groningen Business School

September 2020

Kop van Noord-Holland regional deal 

October 2020

Launch of Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC)

November 2020

Construction starts on InVesta 

New Energy Coalition in figures

New Energy Coalition in figures

Between 2018
and 2020
 

115 companies

were affiliated with us via the Energy Valley Community 

we worked on

126

projects and consultancy project

we worked on projects with a total turnover of

128.682.576 euros

5.463 students

participated in Energy Academy’s learning activities 

we presented

117 Certificates

to Energy Academy students

2.564 participants

took the Business School’s paid courses 

the Business School’s turnover was

2.102.294 euros

we organised

47 'open market' programmes

at the Business School

we organised

48 'in-company' courses

at the Business School

we organised

174 events (online)

with 14,299 participants

the coalition consisted of

22

partners

we were mentioned

145 times

in the media

we collaborated with

385 partners

we advised

48 SMEs

we had

30 lectures

for SMEs

Research

Research

During this period, New Energy Coalition worked to intensify energy-related research across five themes: Local Energy Systems, Industrial Transformation, North Sea as Energy Region, Greening of the Gas System and Hydrogen. We actively contributed to the development of various projects within the themes and to setting the agenda for key energy research issues. 

Both in terms of content and organisation and as mediators, we worked on a large number of projects. Our experts contributed their knowledge and we disseminated research results through events and meetings. We also provided organisational support to various projects by way of project management. As mediators, we helped to unite research parties and other stakeholders to increase the social impact of the research from the outset. 

Furthermore, we worked on putting key energy research issues on the agenda. Through stakeholder meetings and written question rounds, we addressed research agendas for the themes: Local Energy Systems, Industrial Transformation and the North Sea as an Energy Region. Meetings were organised and new initiatives developed on the basis of these agendas. 

This approach has boosted the involvement of knowledge institutions, businesses, authorities and social partners, and makes an active contribution to the social debate on energy transition. 

The video below documents one of the research meetings. Researchers from the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences were invited to participate in the kick-off meeting for the Industrial Transformation theme. The aim was to gather input for the Research Agenda, which in turn serves to guide innovation and the development of future scientific projects. 

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Business development

Business development

The Business development team pro-actively supported entrepreneurs in the Northern Netherlands: commonly through information and matchmaking sessions, and individually in further development and marketing of innovations.  This was both on the basis of requests from entrepreneurs, and also pro-actively based on opportunities that we saw in the market.

For this we used a variety of tools like the Enterprise Europe Network North offering SME-entrepreneurs access to a broad network of international business opportunities. The Northern Connections enabled us to establish links between North Sea regional clusters. This involved making regional “living labs” accessible to international (SME) entrepreneurs and working together towards an appropriate European cluster policy.

Themes

Industrial transformation

Industrial Transformation was a relatively new theme for New Energy Coalition in 2018. As a start, a research agenda was drawn up with companies, knowledge institutes and governments. The agenda describes the most significant research and development themes relating to the transformation of industry as an integral part of the energy system. Themes such as electrification and carbon chains (with CCUS) have been elaborated in a number of grant applications last year, in which New Energy Coalition together with partners continues to shape the CO2 chain. Meanwhile, the European ConsenCUS project has launched. As project leader, New Energy Coalition is monitoring the system approach and taking care of all communication and dissemination concerning this project. Expertise gained will be incorporated into the Business School’s CCUS master class. 

Use of biomass residual streams and waste is an important theme in the industry agenda, especially for high temperature processes and as feedstock for products. To channel this demand, we set up the 
Dutch Thermochemical Cluster together with companies from this sector and developed the website for this organisation, among other things. New Energy Coalition also investigated the market for sustainably produced chemicals, such as green methanol, synthetic green gas and sustainable polymers in the Northern Netherlands (and Europe). 

Greening of the gas system

The attention to heat transition and the need to achieve it without using natural gas, has caused an increasing interest in, and demand for, green gas. The main role for green gas is in heating the built environment and as a fuel in the transport sector. 

Since 2018, green gas production volumes in the Netherlands have grown from under 100 million m³ to over 200 million m³. Approximately one third of this volume is produced in the north of the Netherlands. The trend towards an increase in scale continues, but at the same time, small scale farm digesters that produce energy exclusively from manure are also gaining ground. The green gas landscape, which traditionally mainly consists of digesters, is also developing technologically: the first thermochemical facilities have now been put into operation.  

In 2020, we co-wrote the Green Gas Panorama, commissioned by the collaborating green gas parties and in response to a request from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The GZI Next project, concerning the former natural gas purification plant in Emmen, has recently grown into an iconic project, which includes a large-scale green gas project (50 MW).

Green hydrogen economy

Between 2018 and 2020, irreversible steps were taken to put the Northern Netherlands on the map as Europe’s first “Hydrogen Valley”, thereby confirming its leading position in the field of green hydrogen. An important milestone in this was the European recognition of the HEAVENN project: a six-year programme (totalling 90 million euros) to create an integrated hydrogen economy in the region.

During this period, New Energy Coalition became a much sought-after partner in numerous hydrogen programmes, projects and initiatives, ranging from regional to global. From local SMEs to ministries and international trade missions, from the city of Assen to Tokyo. In terms of policy, the Northern Netherlands has made itself highly visible in the Government’s vision statement on hydrogen and the European hydrogen strategy, partly due to the poll-position it has acquired in the field of hydrogen, together with its partners. Our Wind-Meets-Gas symposium, with its increasing emphasis on hydrogen, is a permanent fixture on the national knowledge and network agenda.

In the wake of all the hydrogen developments and expertise that has emerged within our organisation, the Business School was able to develop a broad portfolio of hydrogen master classes and “in-company” training courses.

Local Energy systems

The Local Energy Systems theme focused on knowledge building and the application of smart energy solutions in the built environment. This involved specific attention to challenges in the field of grid congestion and local matching of supply and demand, and -occasionally- storage. In this way, a reliable, affordable and green local and regional energy system is being pursued. One of the important building blocks of this strategy was the development of concrete innovation projects, to develop and learn by experimentation. Several projects, each with their own niche, have been developed in this way. Examples are:  PoCITYf (City of Alkmaar) and Making City (City of Groningen) on the topic of ‘smart city of the future’and island-pilot projects like SMILE and IANOS. 

The North Sea as an energy region 

The North Sea, given Its location and limited depth is the ideal location for large-scale wind energy production, crucial for making North-West Europe’s energy system more sustainable. The development of this potential requires careful spatial integration and smart solutions for multi-purpose use of space and repurposing of existing infrastructure, also internationally. For this  we are one of the North Sea Energy consortium’s active partners in study, research and development projects.  

Port regions, including Groningen Seaports, Port of Amsterdam and Den Helder, complement each other and through cooperation can absorb a large portion of the energy produced in the North Sea. The Hydroports Initiative is a first step towards this cooperation.  

The Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC) was set up to promote innovation in the offshore wind sector and to encourage students/scholars to work in the offshore wind sector. The focus is on installation, maintenance and decommissioning of offshore wind farms. Within the scope of this project, and initiatives such as Decomtools, we aim to contribute to reducing end-of-life costs and environmental impact during the decommissioning of offshore wind farms. 

Energy Academy

Energy Academy

The energy transition brings various disciplines together. Professionals and researchers with an understanding of the complexity and the various fields of work involved are needed, which is why we offer students and (young) professionals a free learning programme outside of their regular studies, through the Energy Academy programme. The available learning activities – lectures, master classes, excursions, symposia and debates – deal with various energy transition themes. The programme culminates in an Energy Academy Certificate or Certificate of Participation: a document attesting to the broader perspective on and knowledge of the energy transition that has been acquired. 

Some 5,500 students participated in the programme during this period – mainly from the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences. In April 2020, the programme went online as a result of the corona crisis. This enabled us to invite more international speakers, the target group became broader and we saw an increase in participant numbers.

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Career events

In 2019, we launched the first career event in the Energy Academy Europe building, where companies and students/young professionals meet – with masterclasses, speed dates, information stands, key-note speakers and considerable interaction, which attracted around 250 talented people. In 2020, this became an online event due to the coronavirus.

Follow Energy recruitment campaign 

Together with the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, we developed a promotional campaign to raise awareness of energy education in Groningen. Online campaigns reached over four million people in the target group, and by 2020 the number of individual visitors to the project website increased to over 20,000. 

Energy PhD Community 

Due to the growing need among PhD students and the necessity for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange in the energy transition, we oversaw the creation of the Energy Research Community. The community now involves around 150 researchers.

 

Business school

Business School

A brief look back

From 2018 to 2020, the EDI Business School focused increasingly on developing professional education geared towards the energy transition. More than ever, we have become the bridge between the traditional and the new energy worlds. New topics, including hydrogen, have been offered for the first time since 2018 and are currently the most requested courses. We have also experienced growth in the number of in-company courses in Europe and in new sectors. 

Furthermore, the substantive focus has also expanded beyond the immediate energy world to include courses in the fields of leadership, human resources, mobility and finance. This has made us an increasingly serious and diverse player in executive education. The evolution of our portfolio to online and blended formats has taken off due to COVID-19. Online will remain a permanent part of our portfolio and gives us the opportunity to expand our reach. Most recently, the icing on the cake was the launch of the Executive MBA in Energy Transition in 2020. The first intake for this MBA is already fully booked. 

turnover from courses was

2,102.294 euros

during the period 

2,028 people

participated in our courses during the period 

809 people

participated in our open market programmes during the period 

1,219 people

participated in our in-company courses during the period

4,407 people

participated in webinars in 2020 

783 people

participated in our/our co-hosts’ events during the period 

Projects and programmes

Projects and programmes

New Energy Coalition is involved in various projects and programmes as the initiator, coordinator or implementer. Our energy knowledge, international energy network and our organisational strength enable us to form many coalitions in the form of projects. These are the projects and programmes worked on in various capacities in 2018-2020. 

Industrial Transformation

Green gas

Green Hydrogen Economy

Local Energy Systems

The North Sea as an energy region

International Network

Human Capital

In the spotlight

In the spotlight 

This page showcases some of our highlights. We have chosen them on their merits and because we are proud of them! Of course, we do much more than is shown below. Feel free to take a look at the rest of this review.

Hydrogen Valley

New Energy Coalition is the driving force behind HEAVENN, a six-year European FCH-JU programme in which more than thirty public and private parties are building a hydrogen economy in the Northern Netherlands. HEAVENN stands for H2 Energy Applications (in) Valley Environments (for) Northern Netherlands and is the first Hydrogen Valley in Europe. From large-scale production of hydrogen to expanding the number of hydrogen vehicles and filling stations, and from underground hydrogen storage to hydrogen for heating residential areas. All these initiatives are being developed jointly in the Hydrogen Valley. The region is internationally recognised as the leading region for hydrogen. The knowledge and concepts that have been developed can be rolled out in other European regions.

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Executive MBA

In September 2020, our Business School unveiled the two-year Executive MBA in Energy Transition they developed together with University of Groningen.

Today the energy sector is challenged to redesign existing energy systems. This requires leaders with strong management skills, a strategic vision and a deep understanding of the business and its socio-economic environment. This is why we joined forces with the Business School of the University of Groningen for the MBA. The response was overwhelming. The first course will start in September 2021.

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Career Event

In 2019, we launched the first career event on site at the Energy Academy Europe building, where companies and students/young professionals meet – with masterclasses, speed dates, information stands, key-note speakers and considerable interaction, which attracted around 250 talented people. The 2020-edition went online due to the coronavirus. 

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Organisation

Organisation

Staff Council

New Energy Coalition’s Staff Council was established in 2018. Prior to then, employee participation was ensured by three staff representatives. The Staff Council initially consisted of seven members, which is a sizeable body for the size of the organisation, but it was justifiable given the dynamics of the organisation. During 2020, a vacancy arose that was not filled, mainly because the organisation had entered calmer waters. 

During employee participation training, the Staff Council was trained in the Navigator method. This method enables the Staff Council to contribute proactively to the decision-making process. At an early stage, the Staff Council indicates which aspects it considers to be important when assessing Requests for Advice and Requests for Consent. The manager can then take these aspects into account as much as possible, after which the actual consent or advice can proceed smoothly. This method is particularly effective if the Staff Council is involved in the decision-making process from the outset, which was not always the case in the past.  

The Staff Council meets once a week, once every three weeks with management and twice a year with management and supervisory boards. The latter meeting is also called the Article 24 meeting and is intended to discuss subjects on a more strategic level. 

Constituents are kept informed by means of agendas and reports being shared and verbally during the meet-up as well as bilaterally. From time to time, member consultations are organised or constituents are contacted by phone. Once a year, the Staff Council draws up and shares an Annual Report. 

Some important themes that the Staff Council has worked on in recent years include: Organisational structure, Staff turnover, Performance and assessment structure, Integration/Legal merger, Terms and Conditions of Employment, Future prospects of New Energy Coalition, Employee satisfaction, Pension Agreement, Home working allowance, Long-term plan, Travel expenses scheme and the Corona virus. 

Sustainability Team

The organisation has had its own sustainability team since 2019. It was established by five employees and supported by management. 

New Energy Coalition aims to make a substantial contribution to the energy transition. The sustainability team ensures that this is also reflected in internal processes under the motto “practice what you preach.” 

The sustainability team’s philosophy is to become more sustainable without asking much of the employees. It encourages sustainable travel, organic, local and vegetarian catering and makes small, sustainable improvements in many other areas. 

The Coronavirus pandemic that arose in 2020 has contributed positively to this. Many colleagues, forced by new circumstances and working from home, have found that travelling is sometimes unnecessary in our daily work, as is printing and other things. 

As we return to the new normal, the sustainability team will take it upon itself to positively encourage employees to continue making the same choices so that New Energy Coalition also contributes internally to a better world.